"Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory"
- Coco Chanel

...Unless you are like me, and can sometimes hardly remember to put them on in the first place. The art of utilizing accessories is one of the most important—yet perhaps one of the most difficult—skills to master in dressing well. The details and rules of accessory wearing change over time, but here are a few guidelines that aren’t likely to go out of style anytime soon:

Earrings are usually a good idea.

The more patterned and colorful your clothes, the simpler your accessories should be. On the other hand, if your outfit is composed of solid colors and muted shades, your accessories can and should make the statement.

Don’t wear a statement necklace and statement earrings together.

It usually looks odd to wear short necklaces over scarves. Earrings so long that they rest in the folds of a bushy scarf will appear awkward as well.

One really bold accessory can make an outfit amazing.

You can wear an enormous ring, or lots of bracelets. Don’t do both on one hand.

Contrast the color of your accessories to the colors of your outfit to double the impact.

If you have trouble imagining how to use accessories together, look at pictures of teen pop-stars such as Victoria Justice or Selena Gomez for inspiration. (It seems Disney Channel stylists have a thing for lots of accessories.)

Audrey Schreiber
Columnist